The second half of that quote is “It’s all small stuff.”
In other words…
I need to use this as my screen saver. A constant reminder that my first draft doesn’t have to be perfect.
I’ve rewritten the same chapter at least five times. Tweaking a comma here, a comma there, putting commas everywhere only to go back rewrite the sentence and throw out all the commas.
That’s just one example of how I worry over small stuff that should wait until the damn book is finished.
Thanks go out to Janice Hardy over at Fiction University for a great reminder in this terrific post on writing first and fixing last.
Things I want to remember about writing…
- The novel doesn’t have to be planned and structured to the last detail before I start writing.
- Complete the thought and don’t worry about crossing every t and dotting every eye. Time for that later.
- Don’t worry about too many characters in a draft…
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